Storm Jonas: Diversions around Leeds Bridgewater Place

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Diversions have been reimposed around Leeds City Centre this afternoon after roads around Bridgewater Place were once again closed to high-sided vehicles.

Leeds City Council said just after 12pm today (Wednesday January 27) that restrictions around the city’s tallest building are back in place until at least 1pm due to strong winds.

Restrictions were imposed at 6pm yesterday and had been lifted at 5am this morning.

Concerns over safety at the site have repeatedly forced city council bosses to shut streets at Bridgewater Place.

The area around the base of the 112 metre-high building south of the city centre can be gripped by the wind tunnel effect during stormy weather.

Pedestrian Edward Slaney, from Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, was crushed to death by a truck that was blown off its wheels close to the building in 2011.

The YEP revealed earlier this month that work has finally begun on a scheme designed to ease the wind tunnel effect at the skyscraper.

BT Openreach engineers will carry out three months of work on underground cabling before construction of a wind-deflecting system of large-scale barriers and screens gets underway in April.